WWF Green Flag Award
Eco-Schools Programme (ESP)
One of five programmes by Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a partner of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ESP is designed to support participating schools to implement a whole-school approach towards educating students and the public on sustainability and environmental conservation. It is the largest sustainable schools program in the world, currently run by more than 60 countries. In Malaysia, there are more than 179 schools which have registered with ESP as of 2017 January.
At the heart of the eco-schools programme is a 7 Step Methodology, which functions as a framework that guides schools in their path towards becoming an eco-school. The methodology also provides a certain level of uniformity and structure in the implementation by all participating schools worldwide. Eco-Schools can focus on 10 Eco-themes, where schools have the flexibility to choose a suitable project to get started and collaborate with other Eco-Schools from other parts of the world.
WWF-Malaysia became an associate member of FEE in 2010. It also became the national operator for the Eco-Schools Programme in Malaysia. The implementation of the programme in Malaysia is supported by a National Eco-Schools Committee, made up of partners from the following ministries, government agencies, universities and organisations: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Environment, Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam Malaysia, Natural Resources and Environment Board Sarawak, Sabah Environmental Education Network, University Malaya, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, University Sains Malaysia, Global Environment Centre, Friends of Kota Damansara, Malaysian Nature Society, and Scout for Nature.
International Eco-Schools Conference (IESC)
The annual International Eco-Schools Conference is a platform for all Eco-Schools Programme participants across Malaysia and from abroad to meet, share and exchange their school’s sustainability initiatives in a conducive environment. Held each year in a unique and significant location within Malaysia, the conference offers eye-opening experiences for students and teachers alike including talks, hands-on workshops and field visits.
In December 2016, the 5th annual conference is brought to Sabah, home to the Orang Utan, Sun Bear, Proboscis Monkeys, Hornbill, and many other flora and fauna. Sabah is also the first state where to have two Malaysian public schools been awarded the prestigious Green Flag, and internationally coveted award for sustainability in school and the surrounding communities. The theme for IESC 2016 is Global Citizenship – Sustainable Consumption. The theme [Global Citizenship] examines what our rights and responsibilities are on a National and Global scale, and encourages staff, students and parents to look at the impacts our consumption habits have on other parts of the world. We believe that through having fun and making friends, the conference participants will form a strong network of informed and engaged agents of change for a sustainable world.
Sri KDU International School was awarded this prestigious Green Flag in December 2016.The Green Flag Award is a prestigious, internationally recognized and respected eco-label of high performance for schools with the best environmental education
One of the major emphasis of the programme is the concept of student empowerment, where the students are the agents of change in making daily decisions on environmental conservation efforts in the school. The greatest part of our partnership with the Eco school program is uniting our parents, students, staff together working with one objective towards a sustainable lifestyle that spreads to our surrounding communities in Kota Damansara.